Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: The National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous society under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, which is creating an ambience to effortlessly learn scientific principles, including difficult technical aspects in an informal manner through interactive exhibits of science centres and museums across the country, is all set to export a `large consignment to a science centre being established at Turkey.

Informing this to reporters here on Tuesday, the Director-General, National Council of Science Museums, Ingit K. Mukherjee, who was here to participate in the inauguration of `Fun Science Gallery', established at Tirunelveli District Science Centre, at a cost of Rs.10 lakh, said the 29-year-old NCSM, "the largest network of science centres in the world," was currently operating 27 science centres across the country, was in the process of establishing eight more science centres.

The new centres are coming up at Gangtak in Sikkim, Kalimpang in West Bengal, Ranchi in Jharkand, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Kharwar in Karanata, a planetarium at Kurukshetra in Haryana in memory of the late astronaut Kalpana Chawla, and also in two more places.

"Since our science centres and museums across the country stand testimony to the council's expertise in establishing new centres with emerging technologies, we have already established a centre in Mauritius and the exercise is going on in Nepal. A team of delegates from Finland met us recently.

And we are sending a large consignment to Turkey as part of science popularisation activity," Mr. Mukherjee said.

Joining hands with other arms of the Central and State Governments, corporate agencies and multi-national companies, the NCSM had developed galleries and museums, he said, adding that the `Fun Science Gallery', established at Tirunelveli District Science Centre would teach science to the visitors, particularly to students, through fun and entertainment as the exhibits were of interactive nature.

Mr. Mukherjee also said that the Tirunelveli District Science Centre would work with the Visveswaraya Industrial And Technological Museum (VITM), Bangalore to add more attractions including 3D show, history and development of digits etc., on an outlay of Rs. 35lakh in the next few months.

He said the NSCM would accord due importance to publish scientific journals in regional languages also and provide a software required by the science centres so that the message could be taken to the children very effectively.